Samsung ordered to pay Huawei following patent defeat
- Author: Arturo Norris Apr 06, 2017,
Apr 06, 2017, 22:21
Samsung is once again got indulged in patent infringement and no we even have the judgement of it.
The regional court in Quanzhou reportedly ordered Samsung Electronics' subsidiaries including Samsung China Investment and two units of Samsung Electronics in Huizhou and Tianjin to pay 80 million yuan ($11.6 million) for infringing patents of Huawei Device, the handset unit of Huawei.
Unfortunately for Samsung, this is just the first verdict in several ongoing patent lawsuits involving Huawei.
If Huawei were to not comply then it could face a local sales ban.
"We maintain that respect for intellectual property promotes innovation and healthy, sustained growth in the industry".
While a Huawei spokesperson welcomed the Chinese court's decision, Samsung said that it is contemplating on how to respond to the court's ruling.
Samsung said that it will review the court's decision before it decides its response. Earlier we reported that the firm could face a smartphone sales ban in the United Kingdom if it refuses to pay 4G licensing fees to Unwired Planet, but now Reuters is reporting that the firm has won a patent battle against rival Samsung.
In May 2016, Huawei filed lawsuits against Samsung in courts in both USA and China.
The owner - Unwired Planet - had acquired the inventions from Ericsson.
The Nevada-based company is also suing Samsung, Google and Apple.
"That gave an incentive for implementers to hold out in the hope of achieving a more favourable royalty rate".